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Port of Authority

Port of Authority
GLS students learning in the field. (Photo: Thomas McConville, Business Journal)

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are two of the world's leading generators of international trade. The two busiest ports in the U.S., billions of dollars worth of cargo pass through their harbors annually, supporting millions of jobs nationwide and sustaining regional, national and international economic growth.

The Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at Cal State Long Beach has served as a catalyst for the logistics industry for the past 12 years and is regarded as one of the premier programs in the country committed to providing ongoing education, training, research and outreach support to the internaitional trade and transportation industry.

 "The key to a healthy economy is a skilled workforce," said Marianne Venieris, executive director, CITT. "All of our programs are industry-driven and offer the most up-to-date information needed to succeed in international trade and transportation. It's important to understand that because of CITT's close ties with the industry, we have our finger on the pulse and are aware of industry challenges and opportunities and we use this to benefit our students, industry and the communities we serve."

A division of the College of Continuing and Professional Education, CITT offers two distinct professional development programs — Global Logistics Specialist and Marine Terminal Operations Professional — along with a rigorous hazmat training program and a master of arts in global logistics.
Global Logistics Specialist

The only program of its kind on the West Coast — taught for the industry by the industry — students have the opportunity to interact and network with logistics professionals and leaders from various segments of the supply chain and learn how to price and ship goods nationally and around the world.

Students earn their designation within two years by completing all program requirements and by developing a comprehensive logistics plan and presenting it to a panel of industry experts. Courses are also offered online and are available to international students.

The GLS masters program offers both a hybrid and an accelerated degree, each catering to students based on their level of experience in the field. The hybrid program is designed for business professionals currently working in the industry who seek advanced knowledge and skills through an accredited graduate curriculum, whereas the accelerated program provides 16 months of intensive training intended for individuals who lack the required work experience.

Marine Terminal Operations Professional


Taught in collaboration with working marine terminal operators, the program aims to educate students interested in learning more about the business of maritime transportation and the management of cargo and passenger terminals. Students complete the program within two years of registration.

"Most of our programs are designed for working professionals and for those who are interested in entering the industry," Venieris added. "We get a wide range of students at various stages of their careers, including new or recent college graduates, experienced industry professionals, those seeking to retool their skill set from other industries or those who provide peripheral services to the industry and want to understand their customers' needs."

Manny Frasier, Brand Publishing Writer